Adam is currently in preparations to assist friend Dave Padgen to be the first European with Cerebral Palsy to stand on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
After completing the 3-peak challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just under 25 hours in July 2004, Dave and Adam are currently trying to raise the money for this new expedition.
“We estimate the cost for the team to complete the challenge will be around £15,000. This is based on a trek cost of approximately £1,100 per person (includes food, accommodation, porters and KE Adventure Trek Leader), park fees of USD$780 per person, and flights of approximately £1,000 per person.”
We are looking for any kind of support possible to meet this cost for the team. On first glance, £15,000 is a large amount to raise. However, if we can persuade 15 businesses to invest £1,000 each in the venture we can get the team out, up, down and back. Any funding attracted and not spent will be passed on to charitable causes, most probably to organisations supporting disabled people in Tanzania.”
- Dave Pagen
Fund Raising Event for Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation
On the 19th of March 2006 Adam ran a Improvised Rescues for Single Rope Technique course to raise funds for the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation.
The course was designed for people to come along and pick up hints, tips, and technical skills in improvised S.R.T rescues. Also develop techniques on group assistance and problem prevention for vertical underground sections.
The course was open to anyone wishing to improve on their knowledge of underground S.R.T. rescues under professional guidance.
All proceeds went to the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation.
On the 17th to 19th of June 2005, Leon and Adam helped out on a “Challenge Cancer Through Adventure” charity fund raising event.
The event, called “The Deepest to Highest”, was a challenge, set over three days, to travel from the depths of Giants Hole in Derbyshire to the top of Scafell Pike. Caving, cycling, canoeing, cross-country running and finally climbing.
The event was a great success, and raised £11,000. This money will help set up a fund to aid people in and around the Peak District who are diagnosed with a terminal illness, and let them realise an ambition to take part in an adventurous activity before they die.
Seven of the participants have developed cancer. Some, having received treatment are cured, some are dealing with the illness now and one good friend has recently died. We want to do something positive, to help other people diagnosed with terminal illness. We want to ‘Challenge Cancer Through Adventure’.
Derbyshire provides a fantastic environment for taking part in outdoor activities. ‘Challenge Cancer Through Adventure’ has an informal network of instructors, staff at outdoor activity centers and friends who not only support each other through work, but also come together to enjoy the outdoors for recreation.
To find out more about this and other events, or to donate to ‘Challenge Cancer Through Adventure’, please visit:
Challenge Cancer Through Adventure is a registerd charity (no 1111358)
Three Peak Challenge – July 2004
“In 2004 I was bidding to become the first person with Cerebral Palsy to successfully complete the Three Peak Challenge – the ascent and descent of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in less than 24 hours.
While planning the event and I wanted to keep the team small and dynamic. I wanted one or two people to do each peak with who were experienced mountain people, with good navigation skills, capable of dealing with any injuries sustained along the way, fit and strong, able to push on at pace and to motivate the team when needed. Having known Adam since 1993, I knew he fitted the bill perfectly, and he was the first person I approached. Fortunately, he was also daft enough to say yes.
We had excellent whether throughout and stripped our gear to the absolute minimum. His attitude and professionalism throughout was superb but it was his actions on Snowdon that set him apart from the pack. I was exhausted, as I am sure he was, but his capacity to motivate others and keep spirits up was truly fantastic.
We finished the challenge just 55 minutes over the 24 hour timeframe, and we are sufficiently frustrated to want to go again – Adam has clearly not learnt from the last time and has agreed to be part of the challenge again!”
Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation Fund Raising – Oct 2004
In October 2004 Adam held a fund raising event for the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, to help raise money for their Ambulance Appeal.
People paid to spend the day learning to improve on their knowledge of underground rope skills and develop their vertical skills under professional guidance. It also allowed groups to try ladders, lifelines and abseils, SRT progression, SRT rigging or SRT rescues. All proceeds to the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation, and he raised over £300.